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William Howard Montgomery, 10 October 1921, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 20 May 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. One of three musical brothers, Montgomery began playing relatively late in life. After first taking up the acoustic bass he switched to the electric bass guitar in 1951. He toured with Lionel Hampton, recording in Paris in 1953, then became a member of the Montgomery-Johnson Quintet, which included his brothers Buddy, a pianist and vibraphonist, and guitarist Wes Montgomery, alongside tenor saxophonist Alonzo Johnson and drummer Robert Johnson. In the mid-50s he settled in Seattle, frequently working with Buddy in the Mastersounds, and with both brothers in the Montgomery Brothers group. Montgomery continued playing throughout the 60s and 70s with leaders such as Cal Tjader, Hampton Hawes and Red Norvo. In the late 70s and early 80s he worked in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a studio and showband musician, as a radio disc jockey and as the founder and organizer...